Criminal Minds: Season 2, Episode 9

The Last Word (15 Nov. 2006)

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Two serial killers send the BAU to St. Louis, and a new team member reports for duty.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mill Creek Killer
Jim Meyers
Agent James Sheridan
David Barry Gray ...
Tom Carroll
Hollow Man
Ellen Carroll (as Victoria Kelleher)
Natalie Salins ...
Cara Becker


The team is sent to St. Louis to catch two serial killers who appear to be competing against each other. They are polar opposites; one is called the Mill Creek Killer and kills middle-class women using blunt trauma and the other calls himself Hollow Man and shoots prostitutes. Meanwhile, a new team member, Emily Prentiss, reports for duty. Written by J. Rieper

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Reid mentions only three known instances where two different serial killers operated out of the same city at the same time. During 1977, both David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) and Paul Bateson were killing in New York City. In Phoenix, Arizona, in 2006, authorities were searching for both the Baseline Killer and a serial shooter. From 1991 to 1996, two different people were killing independently in New Orleans, leaving bodies in swamps. Police suspected that Russell Ellwood killed as many as 15 of the victims, but believed that another killer was responsible for the others. See more »


In one of the personal ads, 'different' is mis-spelt as 'differenct'. See more »


Aaron Hotchner: What can I do for you?
Emily Prentiss: Well, I guess I was hoping you could tell me where to put my stuff
Aaron Hotchner: Sorry?
Emily Prentiss: I'm supposed to start here today, at the BAU
Aaron Hotchner: There's been a mistake
Emily Prentiss: I don't think so, sir
Aaron Hotchner: Yeah, definitely a mistake
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: [Knocks on the door] Excuse me, we will getting started
Aaron Hotchner: Thank you, I'll be right there. I did not approve this transfer, agent Prentiss. I am sorry for the confusion, but you have been misinformed. Excuse me, very good to see you again
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IN answer to your message/mother of first prostitute
14 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I noticed her as well..she looked so familiar.. turns out her name is Deborah Van Valkenburgh .. she played YEARS ago in The Warriors, Too Close for Comfort as Ted Knights daughter (turns out this is where her face looked familiar from so many years ago..isn't that strange?

She looks the same but just older) and in many other TV shows as Star Trek Deep Space Nine as Preston Hope you get this message.. I couldn't find a "reply" button so this is the best I could do.. I kept replaying this part over and over again when I saw her because I so wanted to know who she was.. funny that's the only review this episode got. I LOVE Criminal Minds and am hooked on it, watching from season 2 and season 3 first and then I'll go back to season one.. after that I'll up to 4, 5 Chey

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